Upcoming Exhibitions

Orchids in the Mansion

February 1, 2019 – March 3, 2019

The orchid exhibition at Cheekwood this February will feature a stylized interpretation of a classical orangery and occupy the historic loggia with large palms, tropical foliage and an array of colorful orchids. The orchids will also be displayed throughout the historically redecorated Mansion and present a series of period room interventions to explore how the Cheek family likely brought nature indoors and decorated their home. Miltoniopsis, Cymbidium, and Phalaenopsis orchids will be featured, among others.

Derived from the Decorative: Works by Faig Ahmed, Beth Lipman and Bouke de Vries

February 1, 2019 – June 9, 2019

In the spring of 2019 Cheekwood will present an exhibition featuring work by Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbaijan), Beth Lipman (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Bouke de Vries (Utrecht, the Netherlands). The exhibition consists of artists and designers who take cues from decorative arts traditions yet invert the precepts by blurring the space between functional forms and art forms. The exhibition will celebrate the work of a national and international group of artists who look at traditional decorative arts as a point of departure for contemporary creations. The artists in this show challenge the idea of historically informed notions of craft and provide a contemporary entry point into the space between fine and decorative art. Through recognizable visual traditions, the works destabilize perceptions of the familiar. Integrating traditional fabrication methods along with digital contributions, the exhibition will present works that embrace a wide spectrum of time.

Bouke de Vries, Peacock I, 2015. Ceramic. Courtesy of Ferrin Contemporary.

The Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition

February 2  – March 2, 2019
Since 1992 Cheekwood has had the honor of presenting the Scholastic Art Competition and Exhibition for Middle Tennessee. The Scholastic Art Competition is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 to receive recognition for excellence in visual arts.

The 2019 competition opens for online submissions in September and closes on December 13. See Scholastic’s “How to Enter” webpage for instructions on submitting works.

More information on the 2019 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition will be available soon.

Click here to see a list of the 2018 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Award Winners.

Click here to access the Middle Tennessee Art Region page, which contains deadlines and further information on participation.

Click here to see previous year’s winning works on Scholastic’s Online Gallery.

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In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection

March 21, 2019 – May 12, 2019

Whether through the rich symbolism of renewal or decay, love or hardship, florals have been captured by creatives since the beginning of art history. Botanicals hold a particularly apt place here at Cheekwood, being a historic estate and as well as a garden. Opening on the first day of spring, In Bloom: Works from Cheekwood’s Permanent Collection pulls works from our collection that explore the subject of flowers. Through this exhibition, viewers will be able to have a continuous adventure throughout Cheekwood, from the outside in.

Pauline Palmer, Family Gathering, 1919. Oil on canvas. Gift of the 1988 Collectors’ Group with matching funds through the bequest of Anita Bevill McMichael Stallworth. 1988.16.

Childhood Classics

100 Years of Children’s Book Illustrations from the Art Kandy Collection
Curated by Lee Cohen & Lois Sarkisian
Organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions

June 22, 2019 – September 1, 2019

With over 140 original works included from over 75 books, Childhood Classics explores the history of children’s books from the turn of the century pen and ink Mother Goose art of Sarah Noble Ives, to the most popular works of today including the digital creations of Mo Willems. The exhibition features the original art of Dr. Seuss, the iconic Wild Things of Maurice Sendak and the perennial heroism of Garth Williams’ Stuart Little. Among the many classic illustrators featured are Rosemary Wells, Richard Scarry, Chris Van Allsburg and Hilary Knight. Fondly remembered characters of literature include Babar, Eloise, Madeline, the Cat in the Hat and Dick & Jane. Extensive wall labels illuminate the works.

Europa’s Daughters

Elaine Reichek

September 14, 2019 – January 6, 2020


2019 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence David Brooks

September 21, 2019 – January 12, 2020

David Brooks, A Proverbial Machine in the Garden, 2013. Dynahoe tractor, concrete, earth, landscaping and steel grates.  Image from Storm King Art Center.

Past Exhibitions

View a list of past exhibitions that took place at Cheekwood.

Past exhibitions

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